As you all know, I committed to lose weight using the Eat Fat, Lose Fat regimen last October. What I found out through the process of taking coconut oil in hot water with a squeeze of lemon three times a day for fivemonths is this: healing comes before weight loss.
In the process of taking all that coconut oil, I did lose about 5-10 pounds. But instead of slimming down beyond that, I found that my weight stabilized and held as other health issues improved. I had more energy. I was sleeping regularly. I actually wanted to work out and be active by going outside, walking, riding my bike, doing yoga and pilates. I felt at ease, content, levelheaded. I started to wonder if it was simply okay that I hadn't lost weight yet. My body was healing!
Through that process I realized that when I give my body what it needs, it will heal from the roots up. I am guessing that my weight gain and fatigue and hormone fluctuations are a result of nutritional deficiency. As I heal from that deficiency, my problems disappear in order starting from the underlying issues all the way up to things like weight gain.
So that brings me to the GAPS healing diet that I started on March 19th. It was only natural that after healing with coconut oil alone, an intense healing diet was the next step. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was having success healing, yes, but it was slow. I was less tired, but I wasn't energetic all day. I was more active, but I wasn't running and biking and yogaing everyday. Those are the kinds of things I really want. I want to feel excited and happy about life! I want to run and bike and feel energized, not the need for a nap.
On March 19th I started the GAPS Intro Diet. I made it through the six stages in about 6-7 weeks. I am about to move to the Full GAPS Diet which includes more variety than any of the Intro Diet stages. What I had experienced with the Eat Fat, Lose Fat diet was only a small part of the way I have been feeling for the last month and a half on GAPS. Yes, the die-off was intense at first (the first week or two), but oh the energy! and oh the happy body I have! GAPS is intense, yes, but it is worth it!
(I'll be writing more in depth on GAPS issues over the next several months. I committed to do GAPS from March 19th until September 19th of this year. I might even do a GAPS challenge for my readers in a week or two. Don't worry, you'll only be committing to a week of GAPS!)